NOAA has upped its peak heat index prediction for D.C. Friday to a stunning, sweltering 116 degrees. Remarkably, it predicts there is a 90 percent chance it will reach at least 110 and a 100 percent chance of at least 105. Earlier today, NOAA was predicting a maximum heat index of 109 Friday.
And poor Richmond, Va.! NOAA projects its heat index will soar to a stifling 118 degrees.
The picture above says it all. Just look at how much of the country is poised to reach heat index values of at least 100. (Remember that the heat index measures not the actual air temperature, but rather what it “feels like” due to the added influence of humidity).
Thursday at 1 p.m.: Live video discussion about heat wave (send your questions now)